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The 11 land rights activists who were arrested early November during two land issue protests and who were sentenced to 1 year in prison for having obstructed traffic, appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see their sentence very slightly reduced for most of them: two months less for all, except for Nget Khun who saw her sentence reduced to 6 months instead of 1 year. Only Tep Vanny, the most outspoken, saw her 1-year sentence upheld.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Tep Vanny and Kong Chantha, two of the land rights activists, arrested early November during a protest related to a land issue, being brought back to Prey Sar prison after having appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see their 1 year sentence upheld for the first and reduced by 2 months for the second.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Tep Vanny and Kong Chantha, two of the land rights activists, arrested early November during a protest related to a land issue, being brought back to Prey Sar prison after having appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see their 1 year sentence upheld for the first and reduced by 2 months for the second.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Land rights activists and a monk who were arrested early November during two protests related to land issue, arrive at the Appeals Court to see their sentence upheld or slightly reduced.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Land rights activists and a monk who were arrested early November during two protests related to land issue, arrive at the Appeals Court to see their sentence upheld or slightly reduced.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Seung Hay, buddhist monk arrested together with land rights activists, in early November during a protest related to a land issue, arriving at the Appeals Court to see his 1 year sentence upheld.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Seung Hay, buddhist monk arrested together with land rights activists, in early November during a protest related to a land issue, arriving at the Appeals Court to see his 1 year sentence upheld.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Tep Vanny and Kong Chantha, land rights activists who were arrested early November during two protests related to a land issue, arrive at the Appeals Court to see their sentence upheld or slightly reduced.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Tep Vanny and Kong Chantha, land rights activists who were arrested early November during two protests related to a land issue, arrive at the Appeals Court to see their sentence upheld or slightly reduced.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Po Chorvy, land rights activist who was arrested early November during two protests related to land issue, interacts with the journalists at the Appeals Court before seeing her sentence slightly reduced.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Po Chorvy, land rights activist who was arrested early November during two protests related to land issue, interacts with the journalists at the Appeals Court before seeing her sentence slightly reduced.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Nget Khun, one of the land rights activists, arrested early November during a protest related to a land issue, being brought back to Prey Sar prison after having appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see her 1 year sentence reduced to 6 months.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Nget Khun, one of the land rights activists, arrested early November during a protest related to a land issue, being brought back to Prey Sar prison after having appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see her 1 year sentence reduced to 6 months.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Nget Khun, one of the land rights activists, arrested early November during a protest related to a land issue, being brought back to Prey Sar prison after having appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see her 1 year sentence reduced to 6 months.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Nget Khun, one of the land rights activists, arrested early November during a protest related to a land issue, being brought back to Prey Sar prison after having appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see her 1 year sentence reduced to 6 months.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Tep Vanny, one of the land rights activists, arrested early November during a protest related to a land issue, being brought back to Prey Sar prison after having appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see her 1 year sentence upheld.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Tep Vanny, one of the land rights activists, arrested early November during a protest related to a land issue, being brought back to Prey Sar prison after having appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see her 1 year sentence upheld.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Song Sreyleap, one of the land rights activists, arrested early November during a protest related to a land issue, being brought back to Prey Sar prison after having appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see her 1 year sentence reduced to 10 months.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Song Sreyleap, one of the land rights activists, arrested early November during a protest related to a land issue, being brought back to Prey Sar prison after having appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see her 1 year sentence reduced to 10 months.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Nget Khun, one of the land rights activists arrested early November during a protest related to two land issue demonstrations, in the van which will take her back to Prey Sar prison after having appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see their sentence upheld, but reduced to 6 months instead of 1 year.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Nget Khun, one of the land rights activists arrested early November during a protest related to two land issue demonstrations, in the van which will take her back to Prey Sar prison after having appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see their sentence upheld, but reduced to 6 months instead of 1 year.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Nget Khun, one of the land rights activists arrested early November during a protest related to two land issue demonstrations, in the van which will take her back to Prey Sar prison after having appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see their sentence upheld, but reduced to 6 months instead of 1 year.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Nget Khun, one of the land rights activists arrested early November during a protest related to two land issue demonstrations, in the van which will take her back to Prey Sar prison after having appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see their sentence upheld, but reduced to 6 months instead of 1 year.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Nget Khun, one of the land rights activists arrested early November during a protest related to two land issue demonstrations, in the van which will take her back to Prey Sar prison after having appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see their sentence upheld, but reduced to 6 months instead of 1 year.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Nget Khun, one of the land rights activists arrested early November during a protest related to two land issue demonstrations, in the van which will take her back to Prey Sar prison after having appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see their sentence upheld, but reduced to 6 months instead of 1 year.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Nget Khun, one of the land rights activists arrested early November during a protest related to two land issue demonstrations, in the van which will take her back to Prey Sar prison after having appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see their sentence upheld, but reduced to 6 months instead of 1 year.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Nget Khun, one of the land rights activists arrested early November during a protest related to two land issue demonstrations, in the van which will take her back to Prey Sar prison after having appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see their sentence upheld, but reduced to 6 months instead of 1 year.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Shackles from one of the 11 land rights activists, arrested early November during a protest related to two land issue demonstrations, who appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see her sentence upheld.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Shackles from one of the 11 land rights activists, arrested early November during a protest related to two land issue demonstrations, who appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see her sentence upheld.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Supporters demonstrate in favour of land rights activists and a monk, arrested early November during a protest related to two land issue demonstrations, who appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see their sentence upheld.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Supporters demonstrate in favour of land rights activists and a monk, arrested early November during a protest related to two land issue demonstrations, who appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see their sentence upheld.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Supporters demonstrate in favour of land rights activists and a monk, arrested early November during a protest related to two land issue demonstrations, who appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see their sentence upheld.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Supporters demonstrate in favour of land rights activists and a monk, arrested early November during a protest related to two land issue demonstrations, who appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see their sentence upheld.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Mam Sonando, director of Beehive Radio and staunch opposition advocate, interviews the family member of a land rights activist, arrested early November during a protest related to two land issue demonstration, who appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see her sentence upheld.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Mam Sonando, director of Beehive Radio and staunch opposition advocate, interviews the family member of a land rights activist, arrested early November during a protest related to two land issue demonstration, who appeared in front of the Appeals Court to see her sentence upheld.

This is a follow-up post on the ‘Quest for Land‘ story which is available as an iApp on iTunes and which reports on land issues in Cambodia since the year 2000 with texts by Robert Carmichael and over 700 photographs.

In the early morning of Jan. 24th 2009, truckloads of riot police protecting swarms of workers surrounded the remaining villagers of Dey Krahom and started tearing down their house, putting an end to a month-long struggle by the inhabitants to stay on what was supposed to be a social land concession.

A commemoration event was held by a small group of former inhabitants and NGO workers at the site where restaurants and night clubs have replaced the wooden shacks.

This story and many other land issues related stories can be found on the ‘Quest for Land‘ iApp on iTunes which reports on land issues in Cambodia since the year 2000 with texts by Robert Carmichael and over 700 photographs.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 24/01/2009: Police aim tear gas at head height at the resisting inhabitants of Dey Krahorm during the final eviction.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 24/01/2009: Police aim tear gas at head height at the resisting inhabitants of Dey Krahorm during the final eviction.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 24/01/2009: Hired workers protected by the police destroy private property during the final eviction of Dey Krahorm.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 24/01/2009: Hired workers protected by the police destroy private property during the final eviction of Dey Krahorm.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 24/01/2009: Tools of the workers hired to destroy houses during the final eviction of Dey Krahorm.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 24/01/2009: Tools of the workers hired to destroy houses during the final eviction of Dey Krahorm.

CAMBODIA. Damnak Trayoung (Phnom Penh). 3/02/2009: Tenants evicted from Dey Krahorm waiting to be assigned a home promised by 7NG company.

CAMBODIA. Damnak Trayoung (Phnom Penh). 3/02/2009: Tenants evicted from Dey Krahorm waiting to be assigned a home promised by 7NG company.

CAMBODIA. Oudong (Kandal). 18/12/2009: The bed of a Dey Krahorm tenant, evicted twice in one year, on the piece of land he will be able to claim as his own provided he lives here for five years.

CAMBODIA. Oudong (Kandal). 18/12/2009: The bed of a Dey Krahorm tenant, evicted twice in one year, on the piece of land he will be able to claim as his own provided he lives here for five years.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Young boys looking at a flyer with 'before and after' graphics during the commemoration gathering of former Dey Krahom villagers. Six years ago, police forces and thugs raided the community of Dey Krahom and evicted its inhabitants.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Young boys looking at a flyer with 'before and after' graphics during the commemoration gathering of former Dey Krahom villagers. Six years ago, police forces and thugs raided the community of Dey Krahom and evicted its inhabitants.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Distribution of 'khrama' to villagers during the commemoration gathering of former Dey Krahom villagers. Six years ago, police forces and thugs raided the community of Dey Krahom and evicted its inhabitants.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Distribution of 'khrama' to villagers during the commemoration gathering of former Dey Krahom villagers. Six years ago, police forces and thugs raided the community of Dey Krahom and evicted its inhabitants.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Commemoration gathering of former Dey Krahom villagers. Six years ago, police forces and thugs raided the community of Dey Krahom and evicted its inhabitants.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Commemoration gathering of former Dey Krahom villagers. Six years ago, police forces and thugs raided the community of Dey Krahom and evicted its inhabitants.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Young boy looking at a flyer with 'before and after' graphics during the commemoration gathering of former Dey Krahom villagers. Six years ago, police forces and thugs raided the community of Dey Krahom and evicted its inhabitants.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Young boy looking at a flyer with 'before and after' graphics during the commemoration gathering of former Dey Krahom villagers. Six years ago, police forces and thugs raided the community of Dey Krahom and evicted its inhabitants.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Commemoration gathering of former Dey Krahom villagers. Six years ago, police forces and thugs raided the community of Dey Krahom and evicted its inhabitants.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Commemoration gathering of former Dey Krahom villagers. Six years ago, police forces and thugs raided the community of Dey Krahom and evicted its inhabitants.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Commemoration gathering of former Dey Krahom villagers. Six years ago, police forces and thugs raided the community of Dey Krahom and evicted its inhabitants. Uprooted tree near a sports terrain located on the former Dey Krahom community.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Commemoration gathering of former Dey Krahom villagers. Six years ago, police forces and thugs raided the community of Dey Krahom and evicted its inhabitants. Uprooted tree near a sports terrain located on the former Dey Krahom community.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Commemoration gathering of former Dey Krahom villagers. Six years ago, police forces and thugs raided the community of Dey Krahom and evicted its inhabitants. Parking lot of a night club located on the former Dey Krahom community.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Commemoration gathering of former Dey Krahom villagers. Six years ago, police forces and thugs raided the community of Dey Krahom and evicted its inhabitants. Parking lot of a night club located on the former Dey Krahom community.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Commemoration gathering of former Dey Krahom villagers. Six years ago, police forces and thugs raided the community of Dey Krahom and evicted its inhabitants. Parking lot of a night club located on the former Dey Krahom community.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Commemoration gathering of former Dey Krahom villagers. Six years ago, police forces and thugs raided the community of Dey Krahom and evicted its inhabitants. Parking lot of a night club located on the former Dey Krahom community.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Commemoration gathering of former Dey Krahom villagers. Six years ago, police forces and thugs raided the community of Dey Krahom and evicted its inhabitants. Hydroponics on a restaurant wall located on the former Dey Krahom community.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 24/01/2015: Commemoration gathering of former Dey Krahom villagers. Six years ago, police forces and thugs raided the community of Dey Krahom and evicted its inhabitants. Hydroponics on a restaurant wall located on the former Dey Krahom community.

Emmanuèle Phuon continues working on ‘Brodal Serei’, a choreography based on the Cambodioan version of kickboxing.

Anyone knows someone who has a theatre willing to show this? If so get in touch (manou.phuon@skynet.be)… She’ll be extremely grateful…

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing a new piece by Manou Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing a new piece by Manou Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing a new piece by Manou Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing a new piece by Manou Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing a new piece by Manou Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing a new piece by Manou Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing a new piece by Manou Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing a new piece by Manou Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing a new piece by Manou Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/01/2015: Dancers rehearsing a new piece by Manou Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/01/2015: Musician resting during a break when dancers rehearse a new piece by Manou Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/01/2015: Musician resting during a break when dancers rehearse a new piece by Manou Phuon, choreographer, based on the Cambodian version of kickboxing, called 'brodal serei'.

The small group of land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha on its 4th day of a planned month-long protest to claim a resolution of the land issues they are involved in, was harassed by municipal security guards and prevented to march on the street.

Then my motorbike broke down and I lost them…

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/01/2015: Activists thumbprint a petition when Yorm Bopha, a land rights activist and former 'Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience', leads a group of about 20 to claim a resolution from the authorities about the ongoing land issues they are involved in for several years.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/01/2015: Activists thumbprint a petition when Yorm Bopha, a land rights activist and former 'Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience', leads a group of about 20 to claim a resolution from the authorities about the ongoing land issues they are involved in for several years.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/01/2015: Yorm Bopha, a land rights activist and former 'Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience', led a group of about 20 to claim a resolution from the authorities about the ongoing land issues they are involved in for several years.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/01/2015: Yorm Bopha, a land rights activist and former 'Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience', led a group of about 20 to claim a resolution from the authorities about the ongoing land issues they are involved in for several years.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/01/2015: Activists eat an egg at the start of a protest led by Yorm Bopha, a land rights activist and former 'Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience', to claim a resolution from the authorities about the ongoing land issues they are involved in for several years.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/01/2015: Activists eat an egg at the start of a protest led by Yorm Bopha, a land rights activist and former 'Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience', to claim a resolution from the authorities about the ongoing land issues they are involved in for several years.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/01/2015: Activists eat an egg at the start of a protest led by Yorm Bopha, a land rights activist and former 'Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience', to claim a resolution from the authorities about the ongoing land issues they are involved in for several years.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/01/2015: Activists eat an egg at the start of a protest led by Yorm Bopha, a land rights activist and former 'Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience', to claim a resolution from the authorities about the ongoing land issues they are involved in for several years.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/01/2015: Yorm Bopha, a land rights activist and former 'Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience', led a group of about 20 to claim a resolution from the authorities about the ongoing land issues they are involved in for several years.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/01/2015: Yorm Bopha, a land rights activist and former 'Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience', led a group of about 20 to claim a resolution from the authorities about the ongoing land issues they are involved in for several years.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/01/2015: Municipal security guards prevent activists led by Yorm Bopha, a land rights activist and former 'Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience', to proceed with a march on the street in a protest to claim a resolution from the authorities about the ongoing land issues they are involved in for several years.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/01/2015: Municipal security guards prevent activists led by Yorm Bopha, a land rights activist and former 'Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience', to proceed with a march on the street in a protest to claim a resolution from the authorities about the ongoing land issues they are involved in for several years.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/01/2015: Municipal security guards prevent activists led by Yorm Bopha, a land rights activist and former 'Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience', to proceed with a march on the street in a protest to claim a resolution from the authorities about the ongoing land issues they are involved in for several years.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 23/01/2015: Municipal security guards prevent activists led by Yorm Bopha, a land rights activist and former 'Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience', to proceed with a march on the street in a protest to claim a resolution from the authorities about the ongoing land issues they are involved in for several years.

This is a follow-up post on the ‘Quest for Land‘ story which is available as an iApp on iTunes and which reports on land issues in Cambodia since the year 2000 with texts by Robert Carmichael and over 700 photographs.

The land rights activists who were arrested during a land issue protest and sentenced to 1 year in jail appeared in front of the Appeals Court today, wearing the orange convict outfit but with a black headscarf.

Supporters protested outside the court and released balloons who ended up being caught in the branches of the trees.

Updated with 2 more photographs at 21:10

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Balloons released by the supporters of the land rights activists and the monk who were arreted and sentenced to 1 year in jail are caught in the trees in front of the Appeals Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Balloons released by the supporters of the land rights activists and the monk who were arreted and sentenced to 1 year in jail are caught in the trees in front of the Appeals Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Heung Say, buddhist monk from Kampuchea Krom, arrives at the Appeals Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Heung Say, buddhist monk from Kampuchea Krom, arrives at the Appeals Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Heung Say, buddhist monk from Kampuchea Krom, arrives at the Appeals Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Heung Say, buddhist monk from Kampuchea Krom, arrives at the Appeals Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Tep Vanny, Song Sreyleap, Po Chorrvy and the land rights activists who were arrested mid-november during a land issue protest and sentenced to 1 year, in jail arrive at the Appeals Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Tep Vanny, Song Sreyleap, Po Chorrvy and the land rights activists who were arrested mid-november during a land issue protest and sentenced to 1 year, in jail arrive at the Appeals Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Supporters for the land rights activists and the monk who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in jail and who are appearing in front of their judges at the Appeals Court take a selfie outside the court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Supporters for the land rights activists and the monk who were arrested and sentenced to 1 year in jail and who are appearing in front of their judges at the Appeals Court take a selfie outside the court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Phan Chunreth, a land rights activists who was arrested mid-november during a land issue protest and sentenced to 1 year in jail greets supporters gathered outside the Appeals Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Phan Chunreth, a land rights activists who was arrested mid-november during a land issue protest and sentenced to 1 year in jail greets supporters gathered outside the Appeals Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Im Touch, land rights activist who was arrested mid-november during a land issue protest and sentenced to 1 year in jail shows her shackles to reporters at the Appeals Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Im Touch, land rights activist who was arrested mid-november during a land issue protest and sentenced to 1 year in jail shows her shackles to reporters at the Appeals Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Im Touch and Nong Sreng, land rights activist who were arrested mid-november during a land issue protest and sentenced to 1 year in jail at the Appeals Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Im Touch and Nong Sreng, land rights activist who were arrested mid-november during a land issue protest and sentenced to 1 year in jail at the Appeals Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Po Chorvy, land rights activist who was arrested mid-november during a land issue protest and sentenced to 1 year in jail greets supporters gathered outside the Appeals Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Po Chorvy, land rights activist who was arrested mid-november during a land issue protest and sentenced to 1 year in jail greets supporters gathered outside the Appeals Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Phoung Sopheap, a land rights activists from the Thmor Koul community who was arrested mid-november during a land issue protest and sentenced to 1 year in jail greets supporters gathered outside the Appeals Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Phoung Sopheap, a land rights activists from the Thmor Koul community who was arrested mid-november during a land issue protest and sentenced to 1 year in jail greets supporters gathered outside the Appeals Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Po Chorvy, land rights activist who was arrested mid-november during a land issue protest and sentenced to 1 year in jail greets supporters ggathered outside the Appeals Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Po Chorvy, land rights activist who was arrested mid-november during a land issue protest and sentenced to 1 year in jail greets supporters ggathered outside the Appeals Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Nget Khun, land rights activist who was arrested mid-november during a land issue protest and sentenced to 1 year in jail greets supporters gathered outside the Appeals Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Nget Khun, land rights activist who was arrested mid-november during a land issue protest and sentenced to 1 year in jail greets supporters gathered outside the Appeals Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Tep Vanny, land rights activist who was arrested mid-november during a land issue protest and sentenced to 1 year in jail at the Appeals Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Tep Vanny, land rights activist who was arrested mid-november during a land issue protest and sentenced to 1 year in jail at the Appeals Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Tep Vanny, land rights activist who was arrested mid-november during a land issue protest and sentenced to 1 year in jail at the Appeals Court.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Tep Vanny, land rights activist who was arrested mid-november during a land issue protest and sentenced to 1 year in jail at the Appeals Court.

Chea Vichea, leader of the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia (FTUWKC), was assassinated by a gunman when reading his newspaper at a kiosk near Wat Lanka on January 22nd 2004. Two men, Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun, were arrested shortly after, spent years in prison and finally were released last year, free of all charges. The murderer of Chea Vichea is still at large…

Each year, members of the opposition party, union leaders and sympathisers gather for a short moment at the place of the killing.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Sim Sovandy, buddhist monk close to the CNRP, having a quick breakfast before the annual commemoration of the assassination of union leader Chea Vichea who was shot while buying his newspaper.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Sim Sovandy, buddhist monk close to the CNRP, having a quick breakfast before the annual commemoration of the assassination of union leader Chea Vichea who was shot while buying his newspaper.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Mu Sochua, opposition CNRP lawmaker, at the annual commemoration of the assassination of union leader Chea Vichea who was shot while buying his newspaper.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Mu Sochua, opposition CNRP lawmaker, at the annual commemoration of the assassination of union leader Chea Vichea who was shot while buying his newspaper.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Ho Vann, opposition CNRP lawmaker, talking on the telephone at the annual commemoration of the assassination of union leader Chea Vichea who was shot while buying his newspaper.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Ho Vann, opposition CNRP lawmaker, talking on the telephone at the annual commemoration of the assassination of union leader Chea Vichea who was shot while buying his newspaper.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Kem Sokha, opposition CNRP co-president, Sam Rainsy, president of the opposition CNRP, praying at the annual commemoration of the assassination of union leader Chea Vichea who was shot while buying his newspaper.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Kem Sokha, opposition CNRP co-president, Sam Rainsy, president of the opposition CNRP, praying at the annual commemoration of the assassination of union leader Chea Vichea who was shot while buying his newspaper.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Sam Rainsy, president of the opposition CNRP, at the annual commemoration of the assassination of union leader Chea Vichea who was shot while buying his newspaper.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Sam Rainsy, president of the opposition CNRP, at the annual commemoration of the assassination of union leader Chea Vichea who was shot while buying his newspaper.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Photojournalists during the annual commemoration of the assassination of union leader Chea Vichea who was shot while buying his newspaper.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Photojournalists during the annual commemoration of the assassination of union leader Chea Vichea who was shot while buying his newspaper.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Journalists recording speeches during the annual commemoration of the assassination of union leader Chea Vichea who was shot while buying his newspaper.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 22/01/2015: Journalists recording speeches during the annual commemoration of the assassination of union leader Chea Vichea who was shot while buying his newspaper.

A small group of 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha, a former ‘Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience’, tried to reach Freedom Park in Phnom Penh for the second consecutive day in a month-long protest to resolve the land disputes they are involved in since years, and to free land rights activists jailed since early November. They were lured by the municipal security guards into the trap of a side street without an audience instead. The protesters staged a sit-in on that road blocked on both sides by security forces. At noon, pretexting to go back home for lunch, they slipped past the guards and held another sit-in on the esplanade near Wat Phnom.

Point made…

Authorities refused the month-long demonstration at Freedom Park under the pretext that what the activists do is ‘beyond democracy’, that it would prevent other groups from protesting there, and that land rights activists don’t have the monopoly on protests.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, on their second day of protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, on their second day of protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha (sitting, middle), former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, prepare to march from the U.S. embassy to Freedom Park on their second day of a protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha (sitting, middle), former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, prepare to march from the U.S. embassy to Freedom Park on their second day of a protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, tries to distribute yellow ribbons to municipal security guards when prevented from marching with 20 other land rights activists on the second day of a protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, tries to distribute yellow ribbons to municipal security guards when prevented from marching with 20 other land rights activists on the second day of a protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, stage a sit-in when prevented by municipal security guards from reaching Freedom Park on the second day of a protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, stage a sit-in when prevented by municipal security guards from reaching Freedom Park on the second day of a protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, stage a sit-in when prevented by municipal security guards from reaching Freedom Park on the second day of a protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, stage a sit-in when prevented by municipal security guards from reaching Freedom Park on the second day of a protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, stage a sit-in when prevented by municipal security guards from reaching Freedom Park on the second day of a protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, stage a sit-in when prevented by municipal security guards from reaching Freedom Park on the second day of a protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, on their second day of protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, on their second day of protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, stage a sit-in near Wat Phnom when prevented by municipal security guards from reaching Freedom Park, on their second day of protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 21/01/2015: About 20 land rights activists led by Yorm Bopha, former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience and now engaged to an opposition CNRP lawmaker, stage a sit-in near Wat Phnom when prevented by municipal security guards from reaching Freedom Park, on their second day of protest to request the liberation of the jailed land rights activists who were arrested early November.

The conciliatory atmosphere of the previous months which seemed to prevail after the Cambodian opposition party finally occupied the seats it won at the National Assembly after the 2013 elections seems to dissipate again. Both the ruling party and the opposition are using more aggressive quotes. Demonstrations by land rights activists are monitored more closely by security forces.

A group of land rights activists who wanted to start a month-long demonstration at Freedom Park was prevented from doing so by a deployment of municipal security guards and units of Military Police, forcing the protesters to settle for the esplanade in front of Wat Phnom.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Villagers and activists from various origin demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Villagers and activists from various origin demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Military police unit in support of municipal security guards who are blocking access to Freedom Park when villagers and activists from various origin want to demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Military police unit in support of municipal security guards who are blocking access to Freedom Park when villagers and activists from various origin want to demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Municipal security guards are blocking access to Freedom Park when villagers and activists from various origin want to demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Municipal security guards are blocking access to Freedom Park when villagers and activists from various origin want to demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Villagers and activists from various origin demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Villagers and activists from various origin demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, releases birds during a demonstration with villagers and activists from various origin for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, releases birds during a demonstration with villagers and activists from various origin for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Municipal security guard gives a dispersion order when villagers and activists from various origin demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Municipal security guard gives a dispersion order when villagers and activists from various origin demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Military police unit in support of municipal security guards who are blocking access to Freedom Park when villagers and activists from various origin want to demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues, stand in front of a woman carrying a basket with yellow ribbons, worn by the demonstrators.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Military police unit in support of municipal security guards who are blocking access to Freedom Park when villagers and activists from various origin want to demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues, stand in front of a woman carrying a basket with yellow ribbons, worn by the demonstrators.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Villagers and activists from various origin pray during a demonstration for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Villagers and activists from various origin pray during a demonstration for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Villagers and activists from various origin demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Villagers and activists from various origin demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Military police unit in support of municipal security guards who are blocking access to Freedom Park when villagers and activists from various origin want to demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/01/2015: Military police unit in support of municipal security guards who are blocking access to Freedom Park when villagers and activists from various origin want to demonstrate for the release of the land rights activists who were arrested and jailed during land rights protests early November and for the resolution of their ongoing land issues.